This week, Namco Bandai has been teasing an “all star battle” – not to be confused with either the PlayStation game of a similar name, or the upcoming Super Smash Bros project on the way. Now the wraps have come off, and it’s something much more bizarre than we could have expected.
In a Japanese press conference today, Namco Bandai confirmed that a new video game adaptation of cult favourite manga franchise JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is in the works. While fans were still reeling from the news, Asura’s Wrath developer CyberConnect2 was confirmed as developer.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle is not the first JoJo game to be made: An arcade adaptation of the manga was released back in 1998 in both North America and Japan, and then ported to a number of other platforms in later years.
In other, related news, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: The Animation is also coming to Japanese television in October.
At this stage, predictably, details for All-Star Battle are remarkably sketchy, and any announcements regarding western release are being kept even quieter. Still, even if the game is not released outside of Japan (most of the manga series and other products have not been, to date), the game – as a PS3 exclusive – should be region free.